Chicken parm: something everyone should know

Looking for an easy dinner time meal that takes about 20 minutes to get on the table? Connie Jones, office manager at the Tukwila Pantry, has just the recipe. Her parmesan chicken is a reliable standby, the kind of family recipe everyone should have in their back pocket.

Connie Jones

Looking for an easy dinner time meal that takes about 20 minutes to get on the table?

Connie Jones, office manager at the Tukwila Pantry, has just the recipe. Her parmesan chicken is a reliable standby, the kind of family recipe everyone should have in their back pocket.

“I think it’s good because the chicken comes out very moist and tender,” said Jones. “I like it basically because it’s so easy to prepare and quick to get on the table.”

The parmesan chicken recipe has been passed around Jones’ family and prepared for the Tukwila Pantry’s dinner program. That program, up until recently, served an average of 152 people every Tuesday night.

The non-profit food bank has held its Tuesday Table since 2004.

Now Jones and Executive Director Joe Tice, have had to temporarily suspend the dinners due to lack of volunteer staff.

The Tukwila Pantry is in need of community support to fill its chef position, board member seats and re-stock the shelves with food.

Started by Tice in 2000, the food bank is based at Riverton Park United Methodist Church. The pantry serves about 2,500 households a month.

“We’re getting really low on food,” said Jones. “We could really use canned items.”

Tukwila Pantry volunteers pick up food daily from area grocery stores and food outlets. Tice and Jones make up the only paid staff, while 40 to 50 volunteers help with overall operations.

Their funding comes from the cities of Tukwila, Seatac and Burien. Tukwila Pantry also receives grants from the United Way and Kent. Staff has also put on fundraisers in the past and food drives.

“We’re really low on funds; we hold our breath at the end of every month to hope we have enough to get through the next month,” said Jones. “Especially now with our vehicle in repair.”

Recently someone stole of the pantry’s vehicle, damaged it and left it in Auburn.

They are repairing that, while also trying to create a board for the pantry in the near future.

If interested in donating, food, funds or becoming a board member, contact the Tukwila Pantry at 206-431-8293 or email


Parmesan chicken


1/2 cup Mayonnaise

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)

4 tsp. Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine mayonnaise with cheese in medium bowl. Arrange chicken on baking sheet. Evenly top with mayonnaise mixture.

2. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.

3. Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

This is the best way to cook chicken. It comes out super moist and tender and it is a quick way to get a meal on the table.


Tukwila Pantry

3118 S. 140th St. in Tukwila

Open: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

(no client registration on Saturdays)


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